Commencement Day

Congratulations graduating undergraduate students! You are approaching the end of a great and important journey and milestone in your academic life. Please join us in celebrating your achievements at the December ceremony.

Important Information Regarding Commencement Day

Doors will open for graduates and guests one hour before the Commencement Ceremony.

All graduates should wear or bring their regalia to the second floor of Koehler Fieldhouse where staff members from the Student Enrollment Center will assist in lining up for the ceremony. Graduates must be in full academic attire to participate.

Graduates should not bring any personal possessions (purses, cameras, etc.) to the arena. Such items should be given to your guests for safekeeping, as there is no secure area to keep your valuables. ESU is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen items. We also ask that all cell phones are turned off during the ceremony unless there is an emergency.

Smoking is not permitted in any of the facilities. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on ESU’s campus. Beach balls and air horns are not permitted on the arena floor and their use is prohibited during the ceremony.

Each student will be given a name card when lining up on commencement day. This card will be handed to the announcer as the student receives their diploma. If your name is difficult to pronounce, please print it phonetically on the card.

Participation in the commencement ceremony does not constitute verification of graduation. A student must satisfactorily complete all requirement before a degree is awarded.

Cap and Gown
Each participant must be dressed in academic attire including gown and a matching cap.

Academic attire for undergraduate students must be purchased through the University Bookstore. The cap should be worn flat on the top of the head, with the top of the cap parallel to the floor. The tassel should hang on the right side of the cap. The robe should be pressed.

If you are unable to come to the campus in person, you may have your academic attire shipped to you for a fee. The attire will be yours to keep.

Contact the University Bookstore for more information at (570) 422-2665 or contact the store by e-mail at sm8074@bncollege.com

There will be no extra attire available at the ceremony.

Graduation Honors for Undergraduates
In order to qualify for graduation honors, a student must have completed at least 45 credits at East Stroudsburg University. These 45 credits can be accrued through any course, internship and/or field placement including student teaching in which a letter grade is assigned (A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D or E) or a satisfactory grade is ascribed. The check for the 45-credit minimum includes in-progress courses during the student’s graduation semester. The check for the student’s cumulative grade point average is based on all graded coursework.

Students who have the appropriate cumulative grade point average at the time the honors designation is determined, and who will have met the 45-credit minimum once the final semester is completed, will be granted graduation honors as follows:

  • Summa Cum Laude Cumulative grade point average 3.80 or above
  • Magna Cum Laude Cumulative grade point average 3.60 to 3.799
  • Cum Laude Cumulative grade point average 3.40 to 3.599

Graduation honors for the publication of the Commencement Program are based on all graded and in-progress coursework at East Stroudsburg University by the deadline dates below. Please note that graded coursework contains final grades and not midterm grades.

  • March 15 of the academic year for spring and summer graduation or
  • November 1 for fall and winter graduation.

The official university transcript will carry the final honors designation based on all finalized grades completed at the university and the outcome of the final graduation clearance.

Directions & Parking
Once you arrive on campus, proceed straight on Normal Street through two stop signs. Koehler Fieldhouse is located on your right, on the corner of Normal and Smith streets. General parking will be campus-wide during the event. Campus police officers will direct vehicles to park in campus parking lots based on availability.

Special Assistance, Seating and Parking Accommodations
ESU provides special accommodations for those with disabilities directly behind Koehler Fieldhouse in an area clearly marked.

These accommodations include a special seating area for individuals in wheelchairs. Special seating is available only to the student’s guest and one individual who will assist/remain with them throughout the ceremony. Disability seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and seating cannot be reserved. A university representative will be in the arena to assist you.

For individuals who are deaf, a signer will be present in front of the stage throughout the ceremony. To request an interpreter, please fill out the Interpreter Request form.

For additional questions or needs, please contact graduation@esu.edu

Diplomas
Graduates will receive a diploma cover at the Commencement ceremony. Actual diplomas will be mailed to graduates after degrees are conferred, approximately six to eight weeks after grades are posted. Please note that students must have all financial obligations to ESU satisfied before their diplomas are mailed.

Conclusion of Commencement Exercises
At the end of the ceremony, graduates will exit the arena through the main entrance. Guests may meet their graduate in the front foyer of Koehler Fieldhouse or directly in front of the facility.